We’re heading out to Interstellar Rodeo this weekend! You’ve got to get your tickets and meet us there, it’s going to be awesome!
When you think of a rodeo, you think of the cowboy attempting to hang on to a bulky and barbaric bull. That can sometimes be less entertaining and more terrifying. So, when people hear about Interstellar Rodeo, their childhood fears of being attacked by wild space bulls may rise to the surface!
But don’t worry. There will not be any bulls at this type of Rodeo! Instead of bulls, we’ve got guitars. Instead of cowboys, there are musicians!
There will also be music and awesome people and food and sunshine and good times. But, what we don’t know is what it’s like to play in a band. We imagine it’d be something like this…
Of all the guitarists in Manitoba, one was above the rest. He could play to any beat at any time. All he needed was a piece of wood and a few strings to make the most beautiful melodies.
This guitarist was Travis.
Travis was very special because, unlike most guitarists, he wasn’t human. Travis was an owl.
His band, including his drummer (a small frog named Marco), his lead vocalist (a parrot named Clarence who had learned to speak while migrating to the eastern Bahamian islands), and Travis’s lover (a human named Denise who played the bass guitar wit average skill). The band was known as Rainforest Ravagers, and they were well known throughout Manitoba for their distinctive and zesty music, though they were often criticized for having a human being that ruined their abnormally animalistic and abstract aesthetic.
All throughout the year, festivals upon festivals would call upon this exotic band of animals. But, every year the band was denied access to their favourite festival: Interstellar Rodeo.
Travis loved this festival. He’d always wished to visit a rodeo. Interstellar Rodeo was his only chance.
The days flew by as the festival approached and Rainforest Ravagers still weren’t invited. Travis called the coordinator, wondering why his band was left out.
The shocking truth left Travis in a deep and dark distress. The Rainforest Ravagers couldn’t play because they had a human in their band.
The coordinator said that if Denise quit, the rest could perform. Travis was confused. He didn’t know which to choose. His dream or his love. He asked Denise, knowing she would understand, which decision she’d like to make. She was sad, of course, but didn’t want to stand in the way of Travis’s dream, and she agreed not to perform.
It was bitter sweet, but Travis hopped into the Rainforest-mobile and drove down to the Forks, with an empty passenger seat.
As the band waited backstage, about to perform, Travis started to shake. He had forgotten something very important.
He had stage fright. Without the comfort he usually got from Denise, he couldn’t shake it. Tears fell down his face like two tiny waterfalls. All of the sudden, a beautiful snowy owl appeared; stunningly sensational and saucy. She flew down with dazzling white wings and picked up a bass guitar.
Travis was shocked. He walked over to the big white owl and stared deep into her eyes. Familiar eyes.
All of a sudden, he knew who it was. It was Denise. She was wearing a very realistic owl costume, obviously.
The curtain drew back and a large crowd cheered in anticipation. Travis looked at Denise and smiled.
The concert was perfect. Just like all of the performances at Interstellar Rodeo.
After, Travis asked Denise why she felt she had to change into a costume to play on stage. He promised that if he wouldn’t have played if only she had asked.
This is where it gets interesting.
Denise explained that, all along, she was wearing a very realistic human costume. Underneath it all, she was actually and truly a big snowy owl. Travis smiled at his love and they flew off together.
Their band exploded all over the world and Rainforest Ravagers became more well known and more famous.